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2023 Spring Newsletter
  • New Proposal Look!
  • KTS Fest 2023
  • PHC Corner

"What's Below The Surface, Makes All The Difference"

If your tree appears to have decline throughout the canopy when the leaves begin to form in the spring, a RCE would be recommended. This procedure will help determine if there are any issues below ground. When trees are planted too deep, the roots have the potential to circle around the trunk. These roots restrict the movement of water and nutrients to the leaves as they put pressure on the trunk. Though the tree will still grow, it will not be growing to its full potential and will be susceptible to future health issues.

Root Collar Excavation is used to thoroughly examine roots and determine the best plan of action to get your tree healthy and thriving once again.

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2022 Fall Newsletter
  • 2023 – Trunkline going paperless!
  • Payment options update
  • Hawthorne’s backyard

"Fall Tree Planting"

The Fall season is an ideal time of year to be planting trees; it offers some advantages that the spring season does not. Our temperatures are usually moderate to cool which minimizes the risk of trees being stressed by extreme heat. As trees prepare for winter, energy is no longer put into the canopy growth. The energy is focused below ground on the root system. When the air temperature is cooler than the soil, new root growth is promoted. This will result in a stronger and more viable root system for the next spring when the tree comes out of dormancy. Also, our fall rain showers help the trees establish their root systems. Keep in mind that trees need to be watered up until the ground freezes, especially evergreen trees. If we experience a drier than normal fall season, supplemental watering may be needed.

A lot of people are concerned that young trees cannot withstand our Chicagoland winters, that is not the case. Trees go dormant in the winter.

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2022 Spring Newsletter
  • The Cost of Not Spending
  • PHC Corner: Is it Soil or is it Dirt?
  • Trees: They’re all Bark and no Bite

"The Cost of Not Spending"

Dead trees left standing have a high potential to fail and the cost for removal of the dead tree can be directly related to the length of time the tree stands in that condition. 

If a homeowner waits too long to contract a tree care company to remove a dead tree, their city or village may impose fines. Letters are sent to residents notifying them they are not in compliance with a city ordinance. If the deadline to remove the tree is missed, the homeowner can be responsible for significant fines.

Also, the level of risk for field crew, as well as the surrounding area, increases the longer the dead tree is left standing.

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2021 Fall Newsletter
  • Winter Desiccation
  • Thirst Knows No Season
  • PHC Corner: Fall Applications & Watering
2021 Spring Newsletter
  • Mulch: How Does It Benefit Your Trees & Landscape?
  • What Is Deadwood Pruning?
  • Message From Our Board Certified Master Arborist.
2020 Fall Newsletter
  • Leaf Mulch
  • Have you met BOB yet?
  • Rain: Feast or Famine
2020 Spring Newsletter
  • Growing the Tree Care Work Force
  • Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
  • Go Paperless
2019 Fall Newsletter
  • Happy OAKtober!
  • PHC Corner: Root Collar Excavation
  • Tree of the Month – Eucaluptus
2019 Spring Newsletter
  • Wide World of Arboriculture
  • Spurce Tree Not Looking Too Sprucy?
  • Tree of the Month – Gymnocladus Dioicus
2018 Fall Newsletter
  • Winter Discount
  • In Memoriam…
  • Tree of the Month – Cercidiphyllum Japonicum KATSURA
2018 Spring Newsletter
  • Urban Wood Utilization
  • The Right Tree, The Right Place
  • Tree of the Month – Corylus Americana
2017 Fall Newsletter
  • Winter Work
  • Do What Matters Now
  • Late Season Watering
2017 Spring Newsletter
  • Water is the Key to Life
  • Boxwood Blight
  • Tree of the Month – Diospyros Virginiana
2016 Fall Newsletter
  • What Does a TCIA Accredited Mean
  • Getting to the Root of the Problem
  • Preventing Spring Pests with Fall Treatments
2016 Spring Newsletter
  • Choose Wisely
  • How We Determine the Best Treatments for your Trees
  • Featured Tree of the Season
2015 Spring Newsletter
  • Cost of Not Spending
  • Girdling Root System
  • E-Corner
2014 Fall Newsletter
  • Are Evergreens Forever Green
  • How Did Your Birch & Oak Trees Look This Year
  • Featured Tree of the Season
2014 Spring Newsletter
  • 40th Anniversary
  • New Addition to Our Fleet
  • Jump Start Spring
  • Turning Over a New Leaf
2013 Fall Newsletter
  • Decline of the Infected Ash Tree
  • One Last Climb
  • Miyabe Maple (Feature Tree)
2013 Spring Newsletter
  • Drought Stress
  • 2013 Tree Climbing
  • The First Sign of Spring
2012 Fall Newsletter
  • Cool Wather
  • Change
  • Harvest Time
2012 Spring Newsletter
  • Renewal
  • Rebirth
  • Regrowth
2011 Fall Newsletter
  • Chilly Weather
  • Falling Leaves
  • Dormant Trees
2011 Spring Newsletter
  • Springs Brings Growth to KTS
  • The Quest to Sydney
  • Arbor Day and the Benefit of Trees
2010 Spring Newsletter
  • Autumn Essentials
  • 2009 Plant Health Care Year in Review
  • Sassafras – The Root Beer Tree
2009 Spring Newsletter
  • Celebrate Arbor Day, Plant It Forward!
  • Mulch a Tree’s Best Friend
  • What Does “Certificate of Insurance” Mean to Me?
2009 Fall Newsletter
  • Celebrate Arbor Day, Plant It Forward!
  • Mulch a Tree’s Best Friend
  • What Does “Certificate of Insurance” Mean to Me?

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